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What's the Tallest Animal in the World?

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A giraffe ready for a close up. (Image credit: Robert Hooft; WikiCommons)

Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. Males can grow up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall, females can reach 14 feet (4.3 meters) tall and their babies, called calves, are born six feet (1.8 meters) tall. Calves can grow up to an inch a day.

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